A number of years ago several things happened in my life which became a major shift in the way that I work.
First, I had decided to create a painting a week for 52 weeks in order to push my painting practice and to challenge myself creatively. It was hard and I wanted to give up many times, but I had been sharing my weekly progress online and received so much encouragement to continue on...I'm so glad I did.
Second, when I was looking for an idea for my second year, my youngest daughter suggested painting portraits as I hadn't since college many, many years ago. Again, I hesitated, but I'm so glad I finally said 'yes.'
Third, several years ago I developed adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) in both my shoulders. Even with several years of medical treatment and physiotherapy I was unable to continue to paint on the large canvases that I loved. It ended up being a blessing in disguise as I have loved every minute of painting large bodies of smaller works.
Finally, I switched my medium from acrylic to watercolour paint and, as I absolutely love collaboration and bringing attention to the challenges and successes of women, my focus once again shifted. Each small portrait painting of women comes together to create something larger than I could ever have anticipated. This has become my life's work.